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Segmation Art Newsletter

December 2014

Winter Wonderland

Put on your coats and play with us in the snow! Activities include skating, skiing, sledding, snowboarding, building a snowman and making snow angels!

Christmas Trees

This set has 6 simplistic and abstract Christmas tree designs. Happy Holidays!

Historical Figures 1

Paint some historical figures: Isaac Newton, Beethoven, Napoleon Bonaparte , Christopher Columbus, Marie Currie, and Gregor Mendel.

Happy Holidays

Enjoy our winter holiday themed set with Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and New Years Eve patterns!

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Émile Bernard - French Symbolist Painter

Émile Bernard (1868-1941) was a French Post-Impressionist painter who is associated with the Cloisonnism and Synthetism art movements. Émile was friends with other influential artists of the period including Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Paul Gaugin, and Vincent van Gogh who jointly influenced each other. In 1891 he joined a group of Symbolist painters that included Odilon Redon and Ferdinand Hodler. Symbolist is a movement that is a reaction against realism and naturalism and emphasized spirituality, imagination, and dreams. Bernard’s style of painting involved bold forms and dark contours and some geometric tendencies in an effort to simplify nature. Our set of Émile Bernard patterns includes several self portraits, portraits, still lives, and numerous Breton themed patterns. These include Yellow Tree, Spanish Musicians, Portrait of Marie Lemasson, African, Breton Women in a Green Pasture, Portrait of my Sister Madeleine, Brothel Scene for Vincent, The Buckwheat Harvest, Portrait of Madame Schuffenecker, Apple Carrier, and Harvest by the Sea.


Candles are blocks of wax with an embedded wick. The wick is lit which allows the candle to become ignited and provide light and heat. Once lit, the flame provides sufficient heat to keep the candle burning. Historically candles were also used as a method of keeping time. The wick greatly influences how the candle burns depending on the wick’s diameter, stiffness, fire resistance, and tethering. Candles can be held in various devices to position and carry them. Our candle patterns as based on photographs of various uses of candles – providing romantic settings, on birthday cakes, and in religious/holiday services. You’ll find patterns with detailed flames, glowing hands and faces, and smoke.

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Did Art Exist Before Humans?

Source: National Geographic

Which came first: humans or art? According to National Geographic, the correct answer may be art. Recently, the oldest evidence of artistic expression is believed to be at least 430,000 years old. This means it was created when human ancestor Homo erectus walked the earth.

However, the art was not to the level we see today; it was a zig-zag line carved into a mussel shell fossil. Nevertheless, it may be considered the oldest recorded piece of geometric artwork.

Until this discovery, the oldest record of geometric art was found in South African caves. This art is known to be as old as 100,000 years old.

Microsoft Says Goodbye to Clip Art

Source: CNN

Do you remember when Clip Art was all the rage? Starting in the early 1990s, Microsoft made it possible for PC users to insert images into Word documents with the click of a button. In 1993, when the feature first appeared, 82 images were available on the popular program, Word version 6.0. As Clip Art evolved, Microsoft opened up an online Clip Art portfolio with over 100,000 images.

However, Clip Art will not be available on future Word software. Instead, Microsoft has opted to replace the Clip Art "shop" with a Bing Image Search.

While an Internet-wide image search poses copyright concerns, Microsoft vows that a search filter will be put in place. The company also plans to provide links to copyright information, when available. With the "Creative Commons" filter on, PC users will be able to grab images from the web and place them directly into their Word documents.

1) What is the style of post-Impressionist painting known for its bold and flat forms separated by dark contours? The term was coined by critic Edouard Dujardin in 1888 and is exemplified in Paul Gauguin's "The Yellow Christ."

  1. Art Nouveau
  2. Cloisonnism
  3. Jugendstil
  4. Pointillism

2)Who painted 'Mont Sainte-Victoire' (1902-04)?

  1. Paul Cézanne
  2. Georges Seurat
  3. Paul Gauguin
  4. Vincent Van Gogh

3) Paul Gauguin's use of color was a major influence on this art movement:

  1. Fauvism
  2. Pointillism
  3. Impressionism
  4. Cubism

4) What style of French painting, influenced by Flemish and Dutch Baroque and Italian styles was practiced by Georges de la Tour, Simon Vouet, and the Le Nain brothers?

  1. Renaissance
  2. Louis XIII
  3. Pre-Raphaelite
  4. Impressionist

5) He is an American artist whose work is characterized by astonishing geometrics and distortions, and brilliant deep vivid colors. What is his name?

  1. Frederic Remington
  2. Norman Rockwell
  3. Maxfield Parrish
  4. Rockwell Kent

Answer Key:

  1. B
  2. A
  3. A
  4. B
  5. C

Émile Bernard - Making Ideas Art

France has been known as a global art capital for some time. In the years leading up to this international acknowledgment, artistic ideas seemed to be constantly percolating throughout the country. This was especially true for post-Impressionist painter Émile Bernard (1868-1941). Bernard's ideas led him to express himself through several artistic styles, but he is best known for being on the front lines of art movements such as Cloisonnism and Synthetism.

Painting served as more than a form of expression for Bernard. The French artist believed that technique was less important than clear portrayal of the idea. When an idea was portrayed clearly, Bernard might have said, truth could be found. More so, he felt a simplified approach to art allowed him to visibly express the invisible. For instance, when painting natural landscapes, he put effort into conveying the sensations he experienced rather than creating an accurate depiction of the scenery.

"There I was expressing myself more, it was me that I was describing, although I was in front of the nature. There was an invisible meaning under the mute shape of exteriority." - Émile Bernard

In his words, he sums up the styles he is best known for as a "[simplification of] nature to an extreme point. I reduce the lines only to the main contrasts and I reduce the colors to the seven fundamental colors of the prism. To see a style and not an item. To highlight the abstract sense and not the objective." This, he believed, help to "appeal more to internal memory and conception."

Émile Bernard was driven to protect the fragility of his ideas with simplified art styles. Agreeing with his philosophy was post-Impressionist painter Paul Gauguin. Bernard and Gauguin formed a close friendship and shared their art frequently. In addition, Bernard was known to converse with Vincent van Gogh often and, later in life, he got to know Paul Cézanne. However, long before notable friendships, philosophical ideals, and symbolic artwork, Émile Bernard realized his ideas could take flight when he expressed them through art.

Bernard was born in France in 1868. At a young age, his parents took him to stay with his grandmother. She was said to be an encourager of his art. In fact, one of his early paintings was a portrait of his grandmother; it was titled La Grandmère (1887).

The family moved to Paris in 1878 where Bernard attended school. While receiving formal education, he tried his hand at Impressionism and Pointillism. However, this experiment took place when he attended Atelier Common in Paris, where he enrolled in 1884. It was later rumored that he was expelled from the school for "showing expressive tendencies in his paintings." With his traditional education cut short in 1886, he set out to travel through Brittany, a north-west region of France, on foot. The landscapes he experienced on these independent travels influenced his artwork and art philosophies.

In Brittany, at a commune called Pont-Aven, Bernard got to meet Paul Gauguin. The two hit it off quickly and would influence each other's work for years to come.

The year 1887 was a turning point in Bernard's career. His art began attracting attention of fellow artist van Gogh, as well as Louise Anquetin and Toulouse'Lautrec (whom he first met in school). Together, the artists painted and hosted exhibits, creating an artist group known as school of Petit-Boulevard.

In 1888, Bernard had the opportunity to work with Gauguin and van Gogh, which allowed all three to participate in and greatly influence the history of modern art. Unfortunately, van Gogh died two years later and fame was cut short for Bernard, too. In 1891, Bernard felt snubbed when Gauguin was given credit for introducing Symbolism and Synthetism to the world. Bernard felt that the art critic Georges-Albert Aurier should have acknowledged him as the guide for these art movements.

Émile Bernard went onto befriend other artists and travel. He went to Italy in 1893 and then moved to Egypt, where he stayed until 1903. The following year he returned to Paris where he taught at École des Beaux-Arts. He stayed there until his death in 1941.

Throughout his life, Émile Bernard tried his hand at various art styles but goes down in history for his work in Cloisonnism and Synthetism. It is recorded that, towards the end of his life he returned to his Avant-guard roots, painting realistic portraits of females and nudes. Regardless of what style he used, he always presented his ideas with compelling and extraordinary composition.

MOMA - The Museum of Modern Art

Wikipedia - Émile Bernard

Wikipedia - Cloisonnism

The Gift of Color Vision

There is a rare condition that’s not fatal, but many artists would kill to have it. It is called tetrachomacy. Its main symptom is near-superhuman vision.

Tetrachromats have more receptors in their eyes to absorb color, letting them see hues that are invisible to everyone else. The average person has three cones, or photoreceptor cells in the retina that control color vision and allow people to see up to a million colors. Tetrachromats have four cones, so they can detect nuances and dimensions of color that others can’t.

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